The background

Founded in 1902 as a mining outfit, 3M has become a household name and global leader in manufacturing—producing over 60,000 products, across multiple brands, for wide-ranging industries.

As a global titan of industry, 3M is one of the thirty blue chip stocks that comprise the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA). Organizations included on the DJIA list must be headquartered in the U.S., have an excellent reputation in the marketplace, and demonstrate sustained growth.

The growth displayed by 3M over the past 120 years is the stuff of legend.